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An ultra compact greenhouse gas remote sensing system for ranges between 500 and 2000 m

Total Cost €


EC-Contrib. €






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Project "CarbSens" data sheet

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Organization address
address: OXFORD ROAD
postcode: M13 9PL

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 Coordinator Country United Kingdom [UK]
 Total cost 149˙817 €
 EC max contribution 149˙817 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2016-PoC
 Funding Scheme ERC-POC
 Starting year 2017
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2017-01-01   to  2018-06-30


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 Project objective

The CO2Volc project (ERC n.279802) has produced an active remote sensing instrument based on the differential absorption LIDAR principle, called CO2DIAL. It is designed to measure column averaged CO2 concentrations for path lengths between 500 and 2000 m. A key advantage over other open-path techniques is that no retroreflector or separate active source is required for fence-line monitoring. It therefore fills a key operational gap in CO2 sensing technologies. In addition, through a laser replacement, the instrument can be used to measure also CH4, allowing both main carbon gas species to be quantified, and producing the name of this project, CarbSens. An affordable greenhouse gas (GHG) sensing platform with spatial coverage of 2000 m that fits into a backpack, can be mounted on an aircraft, car, mast or even a drone would have a wide variety of commercially attractive applications. These include efficient monitoring of CO2 leakage from CO2 storage sites or urban traffic, quantification of fugitive CH4 upon hydraulic fracturing (fracking), CH4 leakage from pipelines or biogas tanks, or refining regional GHG budgets for improved climate modeling. A system with the features of the CO2DIAL is not commercially available. We believe that our technology has the potential to create a new market for affordable, man-portable remote gas sensors, and carbon quantification services. In the initial project phase we will define an adequate commercialization strategy, focusing on user groups in the hydrocarbon and carbon sequestration industries. A commercial prototype will then be derived from the CO2DIAL. A focus will be to make the system affordable (<40 k€) and even more compact and lightweight (< 10 kg) to arrive at an instrument that is suitable for a large group of users. The final goal of the proposal is to produce a portfolio consisting of a working commercial prototype and a marketing strategy, including either secured licensing or the initiation of a spin-out company.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2017 Manuel Queisser, Mike Burton, Graham R. Allan, Antonio Chiarugi
Portable laser spectrometer for airborne and ground-based remote sensing of geological CO_2 emissions
published pages: 2782, ISSN: 0146-9592, DOI: 10.1364/OL.42.002782
Optics Letters 42/14 2019-04-18
2017 M. Queißer, M. R. Burton, F. Arzilli, A. Chiarugi, G. I. Marliyani, F. Anggara, A. Harijoko
CO 2 flux from Javanese mud volcanism
published pages: 4191-4207, ISSN: 2169-9313, DOI: 10.1002/2017JB013968
Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth 122/6 2019-04-18
2017 Manuel Queißer, Domenico Granieri, Mike Burton, Fabio Arzilli, Rosario Avino, Antonio Carandente
Increasing CO<sub>2</sub> flux at Pisciarelli, Campi Flegrei, Italy
published pages: 1017-1024, ISSN: 1869-9529, DOI: 10.5194/se-8-1017-2017
Solid Earth 8/5 2019-04-18

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